An early look at the Adidas X9000L4

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This summer, Adidas look to be coming out with a brand new silhouette dubbed the Adidas X9000L4. Retailing for $150, the sneaker has only recently been officially announced by Adidas, but it is expected that they will release soon, in time for the holidays.

The Adidas X9000L4 looks to be coming in a mesh upper, with a plastic heel counter and synthetic overlays on the outside of the shoe. The sneaker features the classic three stripes branding on the sides of the upper, and the the standard Adidas logo can be found on the tongue. The sneaker also has some interesting technology in order to justify the high price point, containing a thick sole comprised of boost technology and laces that are held in place with FlyKnit-esque string, in order to give the shoe some support.

They have a very similar look to many of the Boost models Adidas released a few year ago, unlike the last few silhouettes that the brand have come out with. Although the eccentric sole suggests the main focus of the shoe is for casual usage, the overall shape of the silhouette looks very influenced by Adidas’ running models, particularly thanks to the model carrying very little excess weight. With that being said, the Boost cushioning and well supported upper makes the shoe more than capable of light exercise, as it has decent specs for a running shoe.

Around late 2015, Adidas Boost technology was all the rage, with the PureBoost and UltraBoost models taking the sneaker game by storm. Since then, Adidas have brought out brand new lifestyle silhouettes every year in order to re-capture their success; however, other than the Adidas NMD, this has been on the most part unsuccessful. The latest release was the Adidas Nite Jogger, that came out in early 2019, and although the general reception to the sneaker was positive, it did not catch on nearly as well as previous boost models have, and very soon after its original release, the shoe went on sale.

This could be why the Adidas X9000L4 seems to resemble the Adidas NMD more than any other recent Adidas sneaker. The X9000L4’s upper is a lot less bulky and is constructed from a single piece of mesh, and they also feature an interesting take on the standard Boost design. This is very similar to the NMD, which also had a simple upper, and its unique look stemming from the 2 plastic pods put on the midsole, so this may be the blueprint Adidas has decided to return to for their new model. Also, with the release of the Adidas X9000L4 being a lot closer to summer, the shoe is more likely to catch a buzz straight away, as this is the time that a light, breathable shoe would be in demand, rather than if the shoe came out in the winter, like the Nite Jogger.

So, if your interested in getting a pair for your self, look out for the Adidas X9000L4 hitting retailers over the next few weeks.